'Space jump' sequence among pic's best
J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” delivers enough eye-popping segments that choosing one to rep the film is difficult — heck, the opening sequence combines heroism, evil, kick-ass action, shit blowing up real good, and childbirth — but the “space jump” sequence is a standout setpiece that not only establishes character but also thrills the audience. James Kirk (Chris Pine), Sulu (John Cho) and an anonymous red-shirted Enterprise crewman (who is almost immediately killed in the best “Star Trek” tradition) must stop an enormous drill threatening to destroy Vulcan — and the quickest way to get there? Fling themselves out of spacecraft and hurtle thousands of meters like human comets. It’s a spectacular example of vfx and live-action working together seamlessly.
Kirk and Sulu engage the bad-guy Romulans in combat, staged high up on the drill’s platform, making for some jaw-dropping fight sequences, enhanced by a hyperactive camera that flies and shakes, and superb editing — not to mention the steady and overwhelming noise from the drill, which creates more tension than any score can.